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    Question DVD Burning - MacBook Pro
    A few days ago, I posted a question about which MacBook Pro I should get, and I appreciate the comments I received. However, I have another question: I've seen the differences in video rendering between the 13" Intel Core 2 Duo and the 15" Core i5 & i7. What about DVD burning w/ iDVD? On my MacBook, it would take about 7 hours to burn a DVD. Is it any faster w/ the i5 & i7 chips? Any comments regarding this are greatly appreciated.

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    7 hours to burn a dvd?? Was it transcoding as it was burning? That seems awfully long for any conversion to take. I have burnt .m2t straight to dvd from my HD camcorder which, of course, required conversion and it never took more than 2-2.5 hours. What were you burning to dvd that took that long?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brairden View Post
    7 hours to burn a dvd?? Was it transcoding as it was burning? That seems awfully long for any conversion to take. I have burnt .m2t straight to dvd from my HD camcorder which, of course, required conversion and it never took more than 2-2.5 hours. What were you burning to dvd that took that long?
    I was using iMovie to import video from a Mini-DV camcorder; I then edited the video with iMovie usually exporting it as a large M4V file. Then, I would make the DVD with iDVD. The movie was 2 hours long, and why it takes 7 hours to burn, you got me. Perhaps you can give me some advice on video editing? Also, will buying the MacBook Pro 15" i5 or i7 help me with iDVD?

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    This is because iDVD needs to compress the file into a format for DVD playback.
    If you look in your movie folder, you will find the iMovie source file, and you will see that it is several GB in size. I had an DV cam import that was 1hr 15 minutes, and that was 15 GB.
    I edited, put chapters in, and then sent it to iDVD. The burn took around 4 hours, because of the compression needed. It's not the burn process taking time, it's the compression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevriano View Post
    This is because iDVD needs to compress the file into a format for DVD playback.
    If you look in your movie folder, you will find the iMovie source file, and you will see that it is several GB in size. I had an DV cam import that was 1hr 15 minutes, and that was 15 GB.
    I edited, put chapters in, and then sent it to iDVD. The burn took around 4 hours, because of the compression needed. It's not the burn process taking time, it's the compression.
    Thanks for the info; I understand that. However, my last question was not answered: does having the i5 or the i7 processor compress the file any faster than the Intel Core 2 Duo?

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    Sorry missed that. I wouldn't think it would make any difference, or not enough. Faster processors and more ram do help, but it's negligable at this level.
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